My father and step mother took custody of my son when I was 19. They said it was just until I got on my feet. 2 yeas later I am on my feet and have been for awhile, but they keep putting off switching custody back over to me. I have done everything I told the courts in Franklin county I would do before trying to gain back custody of my son. The only reason I gave them custody to begin with was my father threatend to ruin me in court and make it so that I would be proved to be an unfit parent and never get my child back.. I wasn't a bad parent I just didn't have a whole lot and didn't want my child to suffer because of it. I told him at the begining of the year that I wanted custody back before christmas. It's almost november and he refuses to file the paperwork until I drive out to his house on a weekend that my son is at his fathers house, and have a heart to heart talk. I can't get out there on those weekends because money is still tight but I can take care of him and my new born. Is there anything he can do to stop me or anything he can do to in general if I just go file for custody? And would I have to go to the court house in the county he recently moved to or would I go back to franklin county courts?
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At the time I gave my father custody of my child I was dealing with depression and was not completely financially stable. I did not want to give up costudy, but at the same time did not want my child to suffer. I opted to give my father guardianship but he wanted full costudy so he could file for child support against me and my sons father, and if I went against his wishes he threatend to ruin me in court. He filed for emergency temp costudy and lied about everything to make me out to look like a horrible parent.
There was a custody hearing for full custody of my son. We went and I told the judge that I did not want to but I was doing it for my son. I also told her what I would like to achieve before I filed to take custody back. She said that it was not often she had cases like this infront of her and when I felt I could take care of him to come back and she woud be more than happy to switch costudy back over to me. But my father keeps trying to make me believe he can ruin me in court if I go against his wishes.
I have a stable home. My husband brings 2 incomes into our home. Both of my children have everything they need. And there is plenty of food in the house. All of our bills are paid every month. And we are not in debt.